THE MORNING PLUM: The Hillary Clinton campaign has been engaged in an aggressive effort to accomplish one crucial political goal: Knocking off Bernie Sanders’ halo. One common thread running through many Clinton attacks on Sanders — whether it’s questioning his record on guns or suggesting his single payer dream isn’t going to happen — has […]
THE MORNING PLUM: Donald Trump’s lead over his GOP rivals seems to be holding strong in today’s polling, and his battle with Ted Cruz for front-runner status seems to be intensifying. Central to the war between Trump and Cruz are evangelical voters. Trump and Cruz are dominating among them, with Trump commanding the support of […]
Maggie Smith can do anything — even save this rickety vehicle from a case of the terminal cutes. Now ending her memorable run as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, Smith has picked herself another juicy acting plum. She's playing Mary Shepherd, a decidedly unsanitary and unlovable vagrant who parked...
So Paul Ryan is officially running for House Speaker. The question everyone is properly asking: Why will his Speakership be any different from that of John Boenher? There’s a potential paradox in the answer to this question: While Ryan is undoubtedly more conservative than Boehner his, it’s possible he’ll go further than Boehner did in […]
So Paul Ryan has now told fellow House Republicans that he is open to running for Speaker, provided that warring factions inside the party agree to unite behind him. Ryan says that “we have become the problem,” and while it’s not quite clear who he is talking about there, it seems plain enough that Ryan […]
House Republicans are pleading with Paul Ryan to become their savior, and according to multiple reports out this morning, he’s seriously considering running for House Speaker, after all. Ryan is widely said to be the only person capable of “unifying” the GOP conference. But at risk of belaboring the obvious, here’s the question: Why would […]
As we continue to wait for Joe Biden to tell us whether he will run for president, a new CNN poll brings us what I believe is the most comprehensive polling yet on which candidate Democrats prefer on the issues — and Hillary Clinton leads Biden and Bernie Sanders on all of them. The new […]
If I remember correctly, John Boehner recently announced that he is resigning as Speaker. That happened, right? Yes, it did. And so, you’d think Boehner has little reason to worry about the security of his job, leaving him free to raise the debt limit with a minimum of fuss, averting untold damage to the U.S. […]
Hillary Clinton has signaled that she hopes to run for president in part by painting the GOP-controlled Congress — and, by extension, the Republican Party — as a divisive, destructive, hidebound, reactionary force. As the Post recently put it, Clinton has accused Congressional Republicans “of waging a war on women, playing politics with a black […]
Folks aren’t focused on this yet, but your humble blogger continues to insist that it may prove very, very important. If President Obama helps negotiate a global climate accord later this year, one of the crucial contrasts of the 2016 election could turn on a hugely consequential question: Should the U.S. participate in the agreement, […]
Today the Senate is expected to cast the final vote granting President Obama “Fast Track” authority to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. With trade badly splitting Democrats, Hillary Clinton had avoided taking a meaningful position on Fast Track, only suggesting she might not support it if it didn’t also include worker assistance (which […]
Woah. Steam just announced it will allow for refunds on "nearly any purchase on Steam" and "for any reason," from your computer's inability to run it to you plum not enjoying it. That last one might make developers sad. There are some caveats, mind. Show More Summary
This was either a great heads-up play or plum awful defense.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is digging in hard behind his insistence that we must extend NSA bulk metadata surveillance for ever…and ever…and ever…and ever — or at least until 2020. But now McConnell is running into opposition from multiple quarters: From a left-right alliance in the Senate that is determined to end bulk surveillance, […]
Hillary Clinton will reportedly release a video announcement on Sunday confirming she is running for president. CNN reports that her video is aimed, at least in part, at the Democratic primary audience: Clinton has already filmed her campaign video, a person close to the campaign said, which outlines the central themes of her second bid […]
Last year, Amazon started toying with the idea of not only selling you a TV, but also hooking you up with someone who could mount it. Now, Amazon's Home Services marketplace is up and running 41 major US cities so you can order plumbers and plungers from the same place. Read more...
Will the Republican Party run for the White House in 2016 with a genuine effort to expand the party’s appeal beyond its core constituencies and make inroads with the voter groups that have buoyed Democrats in recent national elections? Or will Republicans mainly prioritize the need to further energize their core constituencies and hope they […]
The news is breaking this morning that Harry Reid will not run for reelection, which will set in motion a scramble for power at the top of the Democratic Senate leadership. This, in turn, will intensify the debate between the rising “Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party” and its (somewhat) less populist wing over […]
Senator Lindsey Graham probably has no chance whatsoever of being the next GOP presidential nominee. But if he does run, he could end up doing us all a very valuable service, by forcing his fellow GOP candidates out of their comfort zones on the issue of climate change. Politico talks to Graham about his presidential […]
Ted Cruz will announce in a speech at Liberty University today that he is running for president. All signs are that he will position himself as the candidate who is willing to fight hardest in defense of conservative values. Some analysts have posited that if Cruz were to somehow win the nomination, he’d be the […]